Crowds of students paraded through the streets of N'Djamena on June 18, in support of the Chad's new Head of State Hissene Habre, who ousted President Goukouni Oueddei on June 7.
TV PAN Demonstrators march through streets. (3 SHOTS)
GV OAU soldiers depart from airport, OAU armoured cars lined up. (4 SHOTS)
GV OAU troops in armoured car drives across tarmac.
SV PAN & GV OAU troops and armoured cars. (2 SHOTS)
SV Senegalese troops load supplies onto aircraft. (4 SHOTS)
SV/GV Green beret soldiers boarding an Air Afrique plane. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: Crowds of students paraded through the streets of N'Djamena on June 18, in support of the Chad's new Head of State Hissene Habre, who ousted President Goukouni Oueddei on June 7. President Oueddei has fled to neighbouring Cameroon, leaving Mr. Habre to face an uncertain future. He controls the capital and Northern Chad, but the Christian and animist tribes of the south remain under Colonel Abdelkader Wadal Kamougue's power. Mr. Habre told newsman he was asking the Organization of African Unity (OAU), to maintain its 3,500-strong peace-keeping force in Chad "for the time being". The force, made up of troops from Nigeria, Senegal, and Zaire, was sent to Chad last year as a buffer between troops loyal to Mr. Habre's Forces Armees du Nord (FAN). OAU troops started moving out on June 15. But informed sources in N'Djamena said Western countries, including France and the United States, were likely to call on the OAU to reconsider its position in the light of the power shift, and to keep its force in Chad.